The Camden Spyglass, Dec. 7

Dec 07, 2017

It was a rather peaceful start to the week, with sunshine and winter cold settled over the Midcoast, but conditions got wild in a hurry, notes VStv Meteorologist Tyler Soutard. Wind and rain rolled through Tuesday night and temperatures rose along a strong cold front that will be the marked change as we dive head-first into the winter season. Those 50s we saw Wednesday may be the last of that kind of mild air for a while. Cold air is now settling over the region, diving south from Canada, and will be here to stay. Highs will slip and hold down in the 30s, with lows in the 20s, which will set the stage for accumulating snow for the weekend. An ocean storm will move offshore Saturday and into Sunday that could bring us a coating of white.

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Camden Herald owner Reade Brower was profiled in The New York Times in an article titled: "Meet the Media Mogul of Maine," by Murray Carpenter.

The article notes that Brower owns not only Courier Publications here on the Midcoast, where he has been a resident for many years, but also MaineToday Media (which includes the Portland Press Herald) and the Sun Media Group.

Despite this fact, which makes him a powerful figure in Maine's media landscape, the article shows that he is a down-to-earth guy and that he does not interfere in editorial decisions at the newspapers he owns. Instead, he said, he is focused on creating sustainable businesses, keeping those engaged in bringing the news to the people doing what they do best.

Read the full article at nytimes.com/2017/11/26/business/media/reade-brower-maine-newspapers.html.

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The Camden Spyglass wooden nickels arrived this week at our offices. We plan to send these out to people who contribute items for this column, if the items are published.

Those lucky readers can keep them as collectors' items, show them off as bragging rights and save them for future promotions.

See below for how to send in your contributions: local observations, aphorisms, wit, jokes, history, anything noticed around the five towns.

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The holiday spirit is in full swing and locals are helping those in need in their community.

Camden’s firefighters support the Marines' Knox County Toys for Tots program, and the Camden Public Safety Building is a gift drop-off location. There are several other locations around the community collecting for Toys for Tots. This is the fifth year Camden’s firefighters have supported this program.

During the Christmas by the Sea Parade, we noticed outside the Camden Bagel Cafe, Katie Southworth collected donations for Camden for Community, a Camden Hills Regional High School organization that contributes to the Camden Food Pantry, Ronald MacDonald House and more. We know the Ronald MacDonald House helps a lot of people in need when they have family members in the hospital and the locals depend on local food pantries. Good work!

Also at the parade was Rosie's Hugs, collecting donations to supply new or like-new stuffed animals to comfort children visiting Penobscot Bay and Waldo Country emergency rooms. We're very lucky to live in an area where people share a sense of community.

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Did you know that Dec. 3 to 9 was National Handwashing Awareness Week? There's a character that goes with this named "Henry the Hand" who encourages people to wash their hands to prevent infectious diseases from spreading.

Good for fans of alliteration, but we might have picked Lady Macbeth to promote this one.

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Dec. 7, 1941

"At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive-bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu," according to History.com. "A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II."

"...The day after Pearl Harbor was bombed, President Roosevelt appeared before a joint session of Congress and declared, 'Yesterday, December 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy...'"

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"How did it get so late so soon? It's night before it's afternoon. December is here before it's June. My goodness, how the time has flewn. How did it get so late so soon?" -- Dr. Seuss

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